from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An interconnected system of networks that connects computers around the world via the TCP/IP protocol.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The specific internet consisting of a global network of computers that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP) and that use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route those communications.
(1986) Coined by the U.S. Defense Department, shortening of internetwork. (Wiktionary)